Postdoctoral Appointee - Quantum Materials

1 Month ago

Lemont, Illinois, United States

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The Quantum Materials group at Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with the Argonne Quantum Foundry, a key component of Q-NEXT, seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate to spearhead research and development efforts in the synthesis, fabrication, and characterization of diamond and other host materials along with its associated solid-state quantum spin defects. As a key member of our interdisciplinary team, the candidate will work closely with both the Quantum Materials group within the Materials Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory and the Q-NEXT Argonne Quantum Foundry. Your responsibilities will encompass pioneering novel synthesis techniques for "quantum grade" diamond, optimizing surface termination methods, and developing deterministic synthesis of pertinent defects. This role offers a unique opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research at the forefront of quantum materials science, with ample prospects for collaboration and professional growth.

The candidate will assume a primary role in spearheading the development of a comprehensive growth, synthesis, and innovative characterization experimental program specifically tailored to diamond for applications in quantum information science. While focused on this core responsibility, the candidate will be encouraged to explore novel avenues of research that complement and enhance the group’s overall objectives (e.g. spin characterization of host materials, silicon carbide synthesis for quantum information science, etc.). Collaboration is a cornerstone of our approach, and as such, the candidate will work closely with fellow group members, as well as with research teams from the broader Argonne community, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and our Q-NEXT partners. In addition to research activities, the candidate will be expected to play a pivotal role in mentoring students and fellow post-docs on various material-centric projects, fostering an environment of knowledge sharing and skill development within the team.

Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at conferences, symposia, and seminars are essential components of this position. The successful candidate will be expected to effectively communicate their results and insights to both scientific peers and broader audiences. Furthermore, maintaining awareness of state-of-the-art techniques and expertise within related research groups through active engagement and collaboration is crucial. Critically, the candidate will contribute to the upkeep of technical reports documenting experiment progress, technique development, and new initiatives, providing valuable insights to peer reviewers and program managers alike.

Position Requirements

  • Strong background in materials research for quantum information or sensing, preferably with practical experience.
  • Proficiency in materials synthesis and fabrication, particularly with a focus on quantum information science materials like diamond and SiC.
  • Extensive experience conducting experimental research on materials physics systems, utilizing advanced synthesis, fabrication, spectroscopy, or microscopy techniques.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, essential for effectively communicating research findings and collaborating within a team.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and thrive in a multidisciplinary environment, demonstrating strong teamwork skills.
  • Dedication to materials development, optimization, and a solid grasp of the interplay between synthesis methods and observable material characteristics.


  • Experience with Diamond PE-CVD synthesis techniques, which would be advantageous for specific research objectives.
  • Proficiency in optical characterization of diamond surfaces and other NV-decoherence mechanisms, offering additional insights into material properties.
  • Familiarity with fabrication techniques for diamond devices, including etching, and synthesis of spin defects, which would enhance experimental capabilities and contributions to the field.

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Full timeAs an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.

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